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“Companies up here call it Christmas in July,” said Gates.

While Greensboro prepares for the National Folk Festival, Gates offers advice.

“You folks in the south are known for your hospitality,” he said. “Make everyone feel welcome, have a good time, and want to come back.”

Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at (336) 373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.

Want to go?

What: National folk festival

When: 5: 45-10: 30 a.m. Friday, 12 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-6: 30 p.m. September 13.

Where: Downtown Greensboro

Entry: Free; suggested donation of $ 10 per person per day to keep the festival free.


Park: Three of the city’s four parking decks in the CBD will be open throughout the festival for a flat rate of $ 10. The deck on Church Street is reserved for official use by the festival. You can find the locations of the parking decks at Free parking and a shuttle service to the festival are available from across the street from Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Gate City Boulevard and Chapman Streets, and from War Memorial Stadium, 510 Yanceyville St. Shuttles, every 30 minutes.

Bus service: The city offers free bus connections on all routes. Festival goers can board any Greensboro Transit Authority bus heading downtown and be dropped off at The Depot, 236 E. Washington St. The bus frequency is increased to every 30 minutes and the operating hours are extended.

Cycles: The Trek Bicycle Store sponsors free supervised bicycle parking on the grounds of the Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. Bring your own locks.

For more information: Visit, which also has links to Google Transit, the downtown road closure schedule, the traffic flow diagram, and the full festival map.

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Performances by ArtsGreensboro outside of festival times:

What: “Songs of Hope & Justice” concert, moderated by Laurelyn Dossett and with singer / songwriters Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman, Alice Gerrard, Molly McGinn and Django Haskins, moderated by Preston Lane. The concert kicks off the National Folk Festival and the 17 Days Art and Culture Festival.

When: Thursday 7pm

Where: The Railyard, 106 S. Barnhardt St.

Entry: Free

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What: Motown Soul Revue with Doby. Part of the 17-day arts and culture festival.

When: Friday 10 p.m.

Where: Hamburger Square, McGee and South Elm streets

Folk festivals elsewhere

Here’s a look at four folk festivals that began as a national folk festival and continued as locally run events.

Lowell Folk Festival

Where: Lowell, Mass.


History: Started in 1987 and continued as the National Folk Festival in 1988 and 1989. Became the locally run Lowell Folk Festival in 1990.

Dates 2015: July 24th to 26th

Expected participation: More than 140,000. The annual number of visitors was between 90,000 and 180,000.

Annual costs: $ 1.2 million including an estimated $ 600,000 in benefits in kind.

Estimated economic impact: $ 6.73 million this year, including the festival’s food, beverage, and merchandise spending, hotel stays, gasoline, and parking.

Source: Lowell Festival Foundation, Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

American folk festival

Where: Bangor, Maine


History: Started in 2002 and continued as the National Folk Festival through 2003 and 2004. Became the locally run American Folk Festival in 2005.

Dates 2015: 28.-30. August

Expected participation: 90,000 visits over three days

Annual costs: Over $ 860,000

Estimated economic impact: Almost $ 15.4 million in 2011 based on spending on room, board, transportation, retail purchases, and recreation.

Swell: American Folk Festival, 2011 Maine Arts Commission Performing Arts Festival survey.

Richmond Folk Festival

Where: Richmond, Va.


History: Started in 2005 and continued as the National Folk Festival in 2006 and 2007. Became the 2008 Richmond Folk Festival by Venture Richmond.

Dates 2015: October 9-11

Expected participation: 150,000-200,000 on average

Annual costs: $ 1.4 million

Estimated economic impact: Venture Richmond has not collected any data.

Source: Richmond Folk Festival

Montana Folk Festival

Where: Butte, Mont.


History: Started in 2008 and continued at the National Folk Festival in 2009 and 2010. Became the Montana Folk Festival in 2011.

Dates 2015: July 10th to 12th

Expected participation: 170,000

Annual costs: Almost a million dollars

Estimated economic impact: About $ 25 million a year.

Source: Main street Uptown Butte

National Folk Festival Sites

1934: St. Louis, Mo.

1935: Chattanooga, Tenn.

1936: Dallas, Texas

1937: Chicago, Ill.

1938-1942: Washington, DC,

1943-44: Philadelphia, Pa.

1946: Cleveland, Ohio

1947-55: St. Louis, Mo.

1957: Oklahoma City, Okla.

1959: Nashville, Tenn.

1960-61: Washington, DC

1963: Covington, Ky.

1964: Florence, Ky.

1965: St. Petersburg, Fla.

1966: Denver, Colo.

1967: Syracuse, NY

1968: Milwaukee, Wis.

1969: Knoxville, Tenn.

1971-82: Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, Va.

1983-85: Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, Ohio. The Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Festival lasted for several years.

1986: Celebration of the Statue of Liberty in New York, NY.

1987-89: Lowell, Mass. Now the Lowell Folk Festival.

1990-92: Johnstown, PA. Now the Flood City Folk Festival.

1993-95: Chattanooga, Tenn. The successor festival will continue for a year.

1996-98: Dayton, Ohio. The Cityfolk Festival lasted until 2013.

1999-2001: East Lansing, Mich. Now the Great Lakes Folk Festival.

2002-04: Bangor, Maine. Now the American Folk Festival.

2005-07: Richmond, VA. Now the Richmond Folk Festival.

2008-10: Butte, Mont. Now the Montana Folk Festival.

2011: Nashville, Tenn. Finished after a year.

2013: National Folk Festival Showcase, St. Louis, Mon.

2015-17: Greensboro, NC

Source: National Council for Traditional Arts

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